“Many leaves, one tree,” said Ronin to Mary Katherine in Epic. A lot of what my class is going through relates to this movie. We do not quite understand where we all belong, so we try to do it on our own. We are unable to see the people around us. It comes to a point where one person has to reach outside of their comfort zone, pop the bubble, and reveal the support system that has been hidden.
Right now our class is in the middle of a drought. Some of the leaves are dying, and when they fall no one is there to hold onto them. We have been waiting for the rain, and I think now it is time to go search for it. As a class, we have been set apart. We stand on our own, and we have to learn how to grow even in the midst of struggle. We are all leaders in one way or another. We have to learn when to lead and when to follow. It is not knowing when to let go, but knowing when to fight for the people around you.
I look back at our history, seeing the mistakes that have been made, and see how they have created the problems that we are struggling with now. It will not be an easy fix. It is digging out the root, patching it up and healing. We have to own up to our personal mistakes, forgive those who have wronged us, and grow to bear much fruit. It is taking ownership for not only our mistakes, but learning to become humble and take ownership for the mistakes of the class, then learning to give it to God. If we class learn how to do this with grace, we will become unified. This however cannot be forced it must be nurtured and it will arise on its own.
There is a step we can take to make this happen. It is getting rid of fear. The main streams of fear that I see our class drinking from unintentionally are, fear of failure, fear of being alone, fear of weakness, and fear of leading. As a class, we have been dropped beside two rivers, one of fear and one of hope. Currently, the majority of our roots linger in the decaying riverbed of fear. It is...